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How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

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Each year, more than 430 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, and over 50,000 visit the emergency room due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older. Preventing CO poisoning requires proper maintenance of fuel-burning appliances and CO alarms. Learn how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning below.

What is carbon monoxide (CO)?

How CO affects your health

As CO is relatively undetectable to the human senses, people may not know they are being exposed.  The initial low to moderate CO poisoning symptoms are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. High levels of CO inhalation can cause mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and ultimately death.

Symptom severity is related to both the CO level and the duration of exposure. Unless suspected, CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms. That’s why learning how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning is so important.

How does CO poisoning work? Red blood cells pick up CO quicker than they pick up oxygen. If there is a lot of CO in the air, the body may replace oxygen in blood with CO. This blocks oxygen from getting into the body, damaging tissues and resulting in death. CO can also combine with proteins in tissues, destroying the tissues and causing injury and death.

All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning. However, unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems are more susceptible to its effects.

Preventing CO poisoning requires proper maintenance of fuel-burning appliances and CO alarms. Learn CO prevention tips below.

How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Tips for using CO alarms

Carbon monoxide can be safely detected in your home only by CO detectors. Therefore, it is important that you properly install and maintain your CO alarms and know what to do when one sounds.

Purchasing Tips

Installation Tips

Maintenance Tips

What to do in case of CO poisoning

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Remember that all people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, so don’t take any risks! Be cautious; be safe! Follow these tips on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning or to reduce those risks. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, call PuroClean of Plantation at (954) 477-7007.

Last edited on 19th of August 2021

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